Don’t Forget These 3 Important Maintenance Items That Aren’t Oil Changes

By Justin Cupler | August 15th, 2018

When you buy a car, the plan is to, of course, have it run as long as possible. You can maximize your vehicle’s life by keeping it well-maintained. Everyone knows about regular oil changes, tire rotations, and brakes, but there are three key maintenance items that often go overlooked. Continue reading to learn all about these three key maintenance items.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle’s transmission plays a huge role in the powertrain as it delivers the power from the engine to the wheels and shifts through the gears. This results in a lot of heat and stress, which can cause the automatic transmission fluid to break down and lose the ability to perform its three main responsibilities: acting as a hydraulic fluid for shifting, cleaning the internal components, and keeping the transmission cool.

Left unserviced, this failing transmission fluid can cause major internal transmission problems that can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair. Servicing the transmission according to the manufacturer’s’ recommendations can help prevent this potential failure.

Most manufacturers recommend a flush or a filter and fluid replacement once every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics.

Brake Fluid

Your vehicle’s brake system uses a hydraulic fluid to transfer the pressure you apply to the brake pedal to the calipers to stop the vehicle. This fluid deals with extreme heat from the friction in the brake system, but its high boiling point keeps things in order. That said, this fluid is hygroscopic — meaning it retains water — and this retained water lowers its boiling point over time. If the fluid boils, it can introduce air into the brake system and cause failure. Water can also eat away at the brake hoses, lines, and seals from the inside. You can remove this water by doing a brake fluid exchange.

Many manufacturers do not list a recommended service interval for the brake fluid, but most technicians will suggest swapping it out every 60,000 miles.

Engine Coolant

Your vehicle’s engine uses coolant — a mixture of water and antifreeze — to keep the engine cool. This coolant flows through the engine, absorbs heat, returns to the radiator for cooling, and restarts the process again. The coolant also cleans out debris and lubricates the cooling system’s moving parts. Over time, the heat from the engine and the debris can limit the coolant’s ability to do its job. Left unchanged, this failing coolant can cause overheating and major engine problems. You can prevent this by changing the coolant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most manufacturers recommend changing coolant every 60,000 to 80,000 miles, but check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics.

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